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first_imgSubscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Ali Haralson Auction.com Auctions Foreclosure HOUSING mortgage Women in Housing women’s history month 2021-03-23 Rachel Williams Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News, REO Ali Haralson Promoted to President of Auction.com Tagged with: Ali Haralson Auction.com Auctions Foreclosure HOUSING mortgage Women in Housing women’s history month On Tuesday, Auction.com announced that Ali Haralson has been promoted to President, a new position in the company that will oversee both sales and operations.Haralson, who has served as the company’s Chief Business Development Officer since 2017, will continue to report to CEO Jason Allnutt.“Over the last four years, Ali has successfully partnered with our clients to develop creative disposition solutions, expand our product offerings, innovate new technologies, and help build the vision of Auction.com’s rapidly growing marketplace,” said Allnutt. “I’m thrilled to have her step into this new role, which will set the stage for efficient growth and excellence at Auction.com even as distressed disposition volumes are expected to rise in the coming months and years.”In her four years at Auction.com, the company lauded Haralson for “spearhead[ing] the launch of innovative disposition solutions that reduce friction in the distressed property marketplace and ultimately produce better outcomes for mortgage servicers, distressed homeowners, distressed property buyers, and surrounding communities.” Products launched under Haralson’s leadership include Portfolio Interact™, Bid Interact™, and Offer Interact™.“At Auction.com, we are focused on products and solutions that more efficiently get to sold,” Haralson said. “This focus results in a truly transparent marketplace that is beneficial for all parties involved in a distressed disposition. A transparent marketplace ensures the highest and best offer—protecting both the servicer’s interest and the homeowner’s equity. A transparent marketplace also rewards buyers who are best at responsibly rehabbing distressed homes and returning them to the retail market—which in turn improves homeownership rates and home values in the surrounding community.”Haralson has more than 20 years’ experience in the servicing industry. Prior to joining Auction, Haralson was COO at Specialized Loan Servicing (SLS), a company that she co-founded in 2003. Under her leadership, SLS grew to employ 1,400 people and service a diverse mortgage portfolio of $50 billion.“It’s a very special historical milestone for Auction.com to promote its first woman president, and to do so during Women’s History Month,” Allnutt said. “Nothing better represents our commitment to recognizing and promoting fantastic talent, while creating a more diverse and inclusive company.”To learn more about Auction.com, the nation’s “leading distressed real estate marketplace,” click here. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: How Rent Dollars Funnel Back Locally Next: Forbearance Requests Slide to New Lows Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ali Haralson Promoted to President of Auction.com The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save About Author: Rachel Williams Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 23, 2021 1,576 Views last_img read more


first_imgGhana coach Goran Stevanovic would commence preparations for the weekend’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Monday when the team starts training.With the qualifiers heading into the third round of games in Group I, the Black Stars, joint-top of the group, have set up base in Kenya ahead of fixture in Congo on Sunday, March 27.Ghana, on four points have a better goal difference ahead of Sudan from their opening two games while Congo are just a point behind in the group.A five-day training camp in Kenya has been arranged as the Black Stars aim to claim the three points in Brazzaville to enhance their chances of reaching the finals in the competition to be staged by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.Stevanovic last week announced his 24-man squad for the Congo game and the friendly with England, two days later.However, the qualifier is the top priority as it’s been described as crucial by Ghana Football Association Vice President Fred Pappoe. Pappoe, who also chairs the management board of the senior side insists that the Congo fixture would impact in Ghana’s qualification hopes.“The match against Congo is a competitive match and we are treating it as such,” Pappoe said.“It is a crucial match for us and the handlers are one 100 percent concentrated. The players also know about the importance of this match. We have absolute belief that they will be totally focused,” he added.Ghana SquadGoalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Blackpool, England), Sammy Adjei (Hearts of Oak, Ghana) Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana) Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England) Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium) David Addy (Academica Coimbra, Portugal) Jonathan Mensah (Granada, Spain) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany) John Mensah (Sunderland, England) Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Schalke 04, Germany), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Bernard Kumordzi (Panionios, Greece) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Sulley Muntari (Sunderland, England) Derek Boateng (Getafe, Spain) Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy) Andre Ayew (Marseille, France) Opoku Agyemang (Al-Ahli, Saudi Arabia)Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland, England) Prince Tagoe (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Dominic Adiyiah (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more


first_imgSakhir, Bahrain | AFP | Sebastian Vettel marked his 200th Formula One race with a thrilling and brilliantly-judged victory for Ferrari in Sunday’s dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix.The four-time ex champion, on severely-worn tyres, came home narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas and the Finn’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a nail-biting finish to an intriguing contest.French rookie Pierre Gasly took a stunning fourth place for the Honda-powered Toro Rosso team ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas.It was Vettel’s second win in as many races this season, the 49th of his career and extended his lead ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ championship to 17 points after the Englishman delivered a dazzling drive from ninth on the grid to finish only six seconds adrift.Both have won four championships and, this season, are battling to secure an historic fifth title.“Wow!” screamed Vettel as he crossed the line. “These tyres were done – they were done for the last 10 laps.“I came on the radio to say everything was under control, but that was a lie! I thought Bottas would catch me and I just tried to keep it as clean as possible.”Bottas said: “We were on the harder compound and I knew there was a chance. I tried to catch him, but it was just not enough. Extremely disappointing.”Hamilton, who started ninth after being given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, said he was satisfied. “I am happy,” he said. “It was damage limitation. I started ninth so third is not that bad…”But it was not all good news for Ferrari as Vettel’s team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish after colliding with a mechanic at a pit stop.The mechanic was taken to the circuit medical centre with a suspected broken leg.Both the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also retired after the opening laps.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.Marcus Ericsson grabbed two points for Sauber by finishing ninth ahead of Esteban Ocon, who was 10th for Force India. – luck ended –The race began with temperatures falling from 29 and 35 degrees Celsius respectively for air and track.Vettel made a clean start and Bottas swept past Raikkonen to split the Ferraris on the opening lap.This lifted spirits for Mercedes, but Hamilton, down in ninth to resist a charging lunge by Verstappen at the start of lap two.From 15th on the grid, the Red Bull driver had reached the top ten, but his luck ended when he banged wheels with Hamilton and punctured his left rear tyre.As the Dutchman idled back to the pits, his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo slowed and stopped at the side of the track. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed.Verstappen pitted and re-joined, but his race was over when, like Ricciardo, he stopped and retired.This left Hamilton to make up places and after slipping to 10th he regained ninth and then passed Alonso, Hulkenberg and Ocon in one move.Vettel pitted after 19 laps, passing the lead to Bottas, and rejoining fourth. Two laps later, Raikkonen also came in for a Ferrari pit-stop that elevated Hamilton to second.Bottas finally pitted after 21 laps, in a 3.8 seconds stop for medium tyres that were expected to see him complete the race – while both Ferrari ran on softs.In the lead, Hamilton was 5.3 seconds clear of Vettel after 22 laps, an advantage trimmed to half a second by lap 25 with Bottas five seconds adrift in third.A frustrated Vettel finally burst past the defensive Hamilton, on his original tyres, to re-gain the lead on lap 26. Hamilton then pitted, also for mediums, which left both Mercedes on a one-stop strategy and Ferrari requiring another stop each.With further stops required, Ferrari’s problems were compounded after 36 laps when Raikkonen came in and inadvertently ran over a mechanic as he pulled away.It was his second unsafe release of the weekend and his third in a race.Unaffected, Vettel pushed to make the most of an emergency one-stop strategy, resisting Bottas all the way to the flag.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgSince returning from a World Cup where he helped Belgium finish in third place, Hazard has scored seven goals in six Premier League starts and two substitute appearances.“I can finish with Chelsea,” Hazard told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s match with Manchester United. “No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.“So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem.“I love the fans — I think the fans love me.“What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in June 2012 and signed his current deal in February 2015.If no contract extension is agreed by the end of this season, Chelsea could see Hazard leaving on a free transfer at the end of the following campaign, so an agreed move could yet be in the interest of the club as well as the player.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Eden Hazard can still become the best footballer in the world even if he stays at Chelsea, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri said Friday.Hazard has made no secret either of his desire to win the Ballon d’Or, the annual prize for the best player in the game, or wanting to play for Real Madrid.The 27-year-old Belgian playmaker has though insisted it would “not be a problem” for him to finish his career with Chelsea if a move to Real was not forthcoming.Meanwhile Sarri said Hazard could realise his individual ambitions while remaining at Stamford Bridge.“He’s a fantastic player,” Italian boss Sarri said. “And so it will be very important for us if he will remain with us. Very, very important.“I think also he can win everything, also the Ballon d’Or, here, without playing in Spain.“Because, for example, if Chelsea were able to win the Champions League, Belgium won the European Championships, he would be able to win everything, without playing in Spain.”Hazard’s current Chelsea contract expires in June 2020 and for all his talk of wanting to play for Spanish giants Real, there has been no dip in his form for the Blues this season.last_img read more


first_img(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Models of the origin of planetary rings are simulations based on fictions. Real physics cannot keep them billions of years old.Theory vs RealismResearchers at Kobe University claim to have an explanation for planetary rings, Science Daily reports. Their supercomputer model accounts for the difference in composition of Saturn’s icy rings, compared to the rocky rings at Uranus and Neptune. The model, however, published in Icarus, relies on two doubtful assumptions. One is the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), which we reported on 9/13/16 is coming under fire. It could be a fiction based on poor data analysis of lunar craters. But even if it happened, the model requires heavy doses of luck. Roaming Kuiper Belt Objects would have to come close enough to a planet’s sphere of influence to be captured and disrupted without plunging into the planet or whizzing by at high speed. Appealing to the Late Heavy Bombardment also incurs a timing penalty, taking place far too early to account for the youthful appearance of the rings today. Without a more recent and plausible supply of candidate objects, this latest model seems to reduce to the Stuff Happens Law, for which no empirical evidence of such events is available. No wonder the authors begin, “The origin of rings around giant planets remains elusive.”Here are two examples of ring systems that cannot be as old as their planets.SaturnThe rings of Saturn are labeled by letters. Starting from the planet, they are D, C, B, A, F, G, and E. Farther out is the wide, diffuse Phoebe ring. News about the C ring, the second to innermost of the main rings, shows it cannot be very old. In Icarus, leading planetary ring specialists published latest findings about the contamination fraction of the C ring, and found it quite low: only about 1-2%. This number should be substantially higher if the rings are old. Since these facts fly in the face of old ages, the scientists had to concoct an auxiliary hypothesis to keep Saturn billions of years old.Despite considerable study, Saturn’s rings continue to challenge current theories for their provenance. Water ice comprises the bulk of Saturn’s rings, yet it is the small fraction of non-icy material that is arguably more valuable in revealing clues about the system’s origin and age. Herein, we present new measurements of the non-icy material fraction in Saturn’s C ring, determined from microwave radiometry observations acquired by the Cassini spacecraft. Our observations show an exceptionally high brightness at near-zero azimuthal angles, suggesting a high porosity of 70–75% for the C ring particles. Furthermore, our results show that most regions in the C ring contain about 1–2% silicates. These results are consistent with an initially nearly pure-ice ring system that has been continuously contaminated by in-falling micrometeoroids over ∼15–90 million years, using the currently accepted value of the micrometeoroid flux at infinity of ∼4.5 × 10−17 g cm−2 s−1, and assuming that the C ring optical depth and surface density has not changed significantly during that time… We also find an enhanced abundance of non-icy material concentrated in the middle C ring…. We propose several models to explain the radially varied non-icy material contamination. Our preferred model is that the C ring has been continuously polluted by meteoroid bombardment since it first formed, while the middle C ring was further contaminated by an incoming Centaur, a rocky object torn apart by tides and ultimately broken into pieces that currently reside in the middle C ring. If correct, the spatial extent of the enhanced non-icy material fraction suggests that the Centaur was likely to be captured and integrated into the rings perhaps as recently as ∼10–20 million years ago.Centaurs are comet-like asteroids orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune. 90 million years is an upper limit on how long the C ring has been contaminated; it could be 1/6 of that (15 million), or less, if contamination was not steady. It should be noted that the longest age offered in this model, 90 million years, is just 2% of the assumed age of Saturn. What happened after 98% of the planet’s lifetime to create this extra ring? The lower age, 10 million years, is 0.22% of the assumed age. That’s when their model calls for a sudden influx of silicates from the imaginary Centaur just 10-20 million years ago. Any longer than that, and the material should have spread out throughout the ring.Reverse EngineeringHow can rings rotate the wrong way around a planet? That’s what scientists are wondering about an exoplanet orbiting J1407, a giant planet or brown dwarf. Elizabeth Howell describes the puzzle in Space.com.A strange and colossal ring system around an alien planet is apparently stuck in reverse, circling opposite to the planet’s own orbit around its parent star. While the arrangement appears unstable, new calculations show the rings could remain for at least 100,000 years.That’s thousands, not billions. Even if these rings could orbit in reverse for a hundred thousand years, that doesn’t explain how they got stuck in reverse. “The researchers said they next plan to examine how the ring structure was created, and how it evolves.” PhysOrg says,Rings that turn in this sense (retrograde rings) are not common. Therefore the researchers suspect that there has been a catastrophe that caused the rings (or the planet) to turn the other way around.Confirmation of this phenomenon will have to await further observation, since it was detected indirectly by two astronomers watching eclipses. If confirmed, it seems reminiscent of the broad Phoebe ring that orbits around Saturn the wrong way along with the outermost moon Phoebe (10/07/09). Since none of Saturn’s rings fit neatly within the current paradigm that the solar system is 4.5 billion years old (3/19/10, 2/04/16), planetary scientists are forced to come up with auxiliary hypotheses to explain their origin.In other Saturn news, the BBC reports that the north polar hexagon has changed color since 2012. It may be a seasonal effect as Saturn approaches its summer solstice. The additional sunlight could change the production of suspended particles – aerosols – that refract light differently.The best observations of Saturn’s rings in Cassini’s whole mission will begin soon. For the mission’s “Grand Finale,” flight engineers are setting the spacecraft onto a highly inclined orbit beginning November 30, that by April will make it dive between Saturn and the D ring. Assuming the craft survives this daring move, it should provide the highest-resolution images of the rings from above and below the ring plane (see animation at above link of how this will look). The mission will end with Cassini’s final plunge into the planet on September 15, 2017.Micrometeoroid impact rate is only one factor that destroys rings. Ring particles are also destroyed through a process called sputtering, where charged particles erode their surfaces. Also, rings tend to spread out through collisions, and get dragged into the planet. Even sunlight pressure can create orbital drag.In my occasional conversations with leading ring specialists at JPL, they readily admitted that Saturn’s rings look a lot younger than Saturn. One of them also confessed that he preferred keeping them old for philosophical reasons. He didn’t like the idea that we are living in a special time when the rings are visible on earth. It would make humans look exceptional.I would probably still be working at JPL well into 2017 on the Cassini mission had I not been fired for sharing DVDs about intelligent design. Click here for a summary of what happened. (DC)last_img read more


first_img23 February 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has allocated an additional R10.2-billion to the state’s various job creation programmes, bringing their total allocation to R94-billion over the next three years. Delivering his National Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said job creation was central to government policy. The minister allocating an additional R4.8-billion to the state’s Expanded Public Works Programme, bringing its total allocation to R77.8-billion over the next three years. The community work programme received an additional R3.5-billion, giving it a total of R6.2-billion over the next three years, which will increase the number of people it employs to 332 000 in 2014/15, up from 90 000 in March 2011. “We will continue to increase allocations to this programme over time,” Gordhan said.Working for Water, Working on Fire The government’s Working for Water and Working on Fire programmes received an additional R1.1-billion, bringing their total three-year allocation to R7.7-billion, providing for a total of 135 000 jobs by 2014/15. The non-state sector job creation programme received an additional R345-million, bringing its three-year total to R1.1-billion, while the National Rural Youth Service Corps received an additional R200-million, bringing its total to R900-million over the next three years. An additional R300-million was added to the arts and culture budget for job creation. Jobs Fund: R1-billion committed so far Gordhan said the second application round for funding under the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund would be announced shortly. The fund, which is administered by the Development Bank of South Africa, attracted 2 500 applications in its first call for proposals, and project allocations of R1-billion have so far been committed, he said. Gordhan said the government’s proposed youth wage subsidy was under discussion at Nedlac, where labour had expressed some reservations. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgThe first 482 houses in the initial phase at Cornubia have been finished and handed over to residents. (Image: GCIS)• Karen PetersenHuman Settlements ExecutiveTongaat [email protected] PhilipThe day that Vusi Shabangu was handed the keys to his new home was the best day of his life. Early in March he moved into a two-bedroom house in the Cornubia housing development outside Durban, a place where a single room was larger than the shack he had called home.In 1995, excited by a new democracy and the promise of opportunity, Shabangu moved from rural KwaZulu-Natal to Durban in search of a better life. For almost two decades he worked as an itinerant labourer, moving from one backyard room to a shack in one of the informal settlements that ring eThekwini.It does not matter to Shabangu that he is resident in a landmark development; all that matters to me are the keys in his hands. Along with the keys, he gets to enjoy the parks and recreation, and communal hall as well. He will grow to appreciate the fact that Cornubia – which will be renamed on April 1 by President Jacob Zuma when he hands over keys to the next bunch of residents – is designed as a community with schools, clinics, recreational and shopping facilities. Work opportunities are also easily reached by the new mass transit routes that are part and parcel of the infrastructure improvements included in the design.Cornubia is being created by the eThekwini Municipality and agriculture giant Tongaat Hulett. Once completed – expected to be in 20 years – the mixed-use development of housing, commercial and industrial sites will change the skyline between King Shaka International Airport and Umhlanga.Karen Petersen, the human settlement executive at Tongaat Hulett, explains that Cornubia will provide over 24 000 residential units, catering for all races, across income bands. More than just a housing development, the vision is to provide residents with access to employment and retail opportunities as well. “By offering a safe and secure environment, traffic accessibility, and access to other urban amenities and services, Cornubia’s mixed-use development will provide a place for all residents to live, work and play.”Communal spacesBut its importance extends beyond the amenities. She says that Cornubia puts an end to the stereotype that social housing is simply about putting a roof over someone’s head. The communal spaces are designed to encourage social interaction and create a sense of ownership and commitment to community. “There is a real social implication of poorly designed housing. If you don’t create places where people are proud to live, then you’re just reinforcing the idea that neither the building nor the tenant is worth the effort.”A key principle behind Cornubia is the integration of different income levels and a mix of freehold and rental housing. In line with international design concepts, provision has also been made for social infrastructure. “The planning was driven around the need for accessibility, so all facilities – schools, health and other social infrastructure – will be within a five-minute walk.” Human Settlements new focus includes ensuring the delivery of affordable housing in sustainable and habitable settlements. (Image: GCIS)Social and environmental sustainability are important considerations for Tongaat Hulett, and the buildings going up in the commercial and industrial sections are designed to be environmentally sensitive, and totally green where possible. “There are, however, financial limitations which restrict major green interventions in the subsidised housing components of the project. However, Tongaat Hulett where appropriate is encouraging the adoption of these principles. Unfortunately, for now, this will in all likelihood only take place in the higher intensity commercial/mixed-use areas like Cornubia Town Centre,” Petersen says.By the time the R24-billion site is completed in 2030, the 1 200ha property will consist of 24 000 housing units, of which 15 000 will be low cost homes; there will be 2 million square metres of commercial space and an 80ha industrial development. The construction phase will create up to 15 000 new jobs, while the completed development will create space for about 48 000 permanent retail and industrial jobs. Residents will contribute about R300-million in rates to the eThekwini coffers and a further R2.1-billion in VAT receipts for the national fiscus.Cornubia is important for the potential benefits it will create in housing, employment and economic opportunity. It represents a shift in thinking in the housing programmes of local and national housing departments and is proving to a benchmark for future development in South Africa.Human settlementsHuman Settlements Minister Connie September explains: “We have shifted from housing to human settlements. We now have an integrated approach that includes better spatial planning. Today we want to build communities planned around water and sanitation, with schools and recreation facilities in close proximity, and economic opportunities close by. We want to plant trees.”To promote the creation of vibrant communities that have access to adequate social and economic facilities, the government agreed that the former Department of Housing should have its mandate widened to facilitate sustainable human settlements. In addition to housing, the new mandate includes integrated provision of services, social facilities and economic opportunities.September says that her department is committed to addressing the legacy of spatial poverty by developing human settlements in well-located land with sufficient social and economic opportunities. “This will be a key priority of the department in the future. In simple, we are striving to create new settlements that are conducive for human habitation and growth.”Taking a leaf from the National Treasury’s successful public-private partnership unit, the department has also been more receptive to working with the private sector when building new housing.Petersen says Tongaat Hulett refers to Cornubia as “a joint initiative or collaboration between public and private sector partners”. It is built on land acquired from Hulett at below market rates with the understanding that it will be used for low income housing.Housing backlogWhen negotiations began for a new political dispensation in South Africa, there was a backlog of 1.3 million homes. Each year, the demand has grown by a further 200 000 with just 50 000 new homes being built to meet the demand.From 1994 onwards, through the Reconstruction and Development Programme, the new administration began building homes at a rapid pace. To date, 2.68 million homes have been built, providing accommodation to 12.5 million South Africans for the first time.Critics of the RDP build have slated the poor build quality of these houses. Their biggest complaint though, has been aesthetic; RDP homes resemble the building programmes of the apartheid government – bleak, massive settlements far away from work opportunities, decent public transport and retailers.Containing the growing backlog while meeting existing demand meant “good design” and “communities” were concepts that were not considered. However, in the last few years there has been a growing recognition that it’s not just houses that need to be built, but communities and places where people want to live.Cornubia is one of four projects nationally that signal this shift in the way the Department of Human Settlements views development. It was one of the first when construction began in March 2012, in line with the department’s Breaking New Ground policy. Nationally there are two other projects that are close to receiving the first group of new residents.In the Waterberg District, the Lephalale Project’s 29 709 houses are being built adjacent to a retail and commercial precinct. It has been fast-tracked to deal with a housing backlog aggravated by the influx of workers to the Medupi Power Station, which is 21 kilometres away.The Khutsong Project in Merafong has been fast-tracked to move 25 000 households living on geographically unstable dolomitic land. Khutsong is a community being designed and built from the ground up and will include subsidised housing, retail and industrial sites as well as social and educational amenities, September explains. “These new projects are beginning to reshape the spatial legacy of apartheid into the non-racial integrated settlements that we dreamed of.”last_img read more


first_imgNominations for the Yass Knockout close Friday, 9 January 2009.The Nomination Form is enclosed and for further information, please visit the Yass website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=508&pID=14 Related Files2009_yass_touch_knockout_form_211008_01-pdflast_img


first_imgInter Milan agree personal terms with Atletico Madrid defender Godinby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are closing on a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.Sky Italia says Godin has agreed to join Inter for €6m per year once his Atletico contract expires.The veteran will play out the season in Madrid before moving to Milan.The Uruguay international will sign a two-year contract worth €6m per season, including bonuses, with the option for a third campaign.It’ll be €4.5m guaranteed, along with various team and individual bonuses to take it up to €6m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgYouth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is thrilled to announced that Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” star Calum Worthy has been named National Celebrity Spokesperson for this summer’s innovative leadership camps for youth ages 12-17.A life-changing camp for world-changing teens founded in 2009, YEA Camp has helped hundreds of teens and tweens learn how to get involved and make a difference on the social cause of their choice.“I’m thrilled to work with YEA Camp to let young people know that they can make a difference on the environment, bullying, human rights, animals rights, and so many other important causes,” said Calum Worthy. “There’s so much we can all do to make our world a better place.”Teens from across the country will be spending a week this summer developing their confidence and skills to change the world while at Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp. YEA Camp will offer four week-long overnight sessions in three states: California, Oregon, and New York. YEA Camp will be presented July 12-19, 2015 (Quaker Center in Santa Cruz, CA), July 25-August 1, 2015 (Camp Adams in Mollala, OR) and August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY). For the first time ever, YEA Camp will offer YEA Camp For Animal Advocates, a special session for campers passionate about this issue, also taking place August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY).“We are honored to collaborate with Calum Worthy, whose dedication to making our world a better place inspires young people to find their voice to make a difference,” said YEA Camp founder Nora Kramer. “Calum is so committed to protecting the environment and advocating for a better world. We are delighted to work with him as we support our campers to get active on social causes they care about.”Limited space is still available for this summer’s sessions. For more information please visit www.yeacamp.org and on social media: @yeacamplast_img read more

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